You really have to consider what this means to you as a user and to your business. Since Microsoft is ending support you are free to continue using Windows XP but you won’t receive the automatic updates that have been keeping your computer safe all these years. Microsoft are keen to point out that you’ll be missing out on security updates that help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal or damage personal information, and that, over time, the security and performance of your machine may be affected. It’s not just the operating system that’s being discontinued; Office 2003 has been retired, which emphasises the compatibility issues with other software products that XP users will have. That’s why Microsoft has been alerting personal and business users to the end of support deadline since 2010.
So what are businesses to do with this information? Should they be worried?
The answer is, of course, no. When one window closes, another one opens. Since support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 has ended, there’s no better time to consider an operating system upgrade, along with all the latest software, such as Office 365.
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